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Mine Safety and Health Administration MSHA's Accident Prevention Program
Miner's Tip

Buried Gas Line Hazards

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Mine Type: All Surface
Category: General Safety


So you think that gas line is located in the middle
of the right-of-way and is adequately marked.
?
IF YOU BELIEVE THAT, THIS COULD HAPPEN TO YOU !

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Recently, a fatal mining accident occurred when a front-end loader operator was removing material above a coal seam. The loader bucket penetrated a buried 20-inch diameter, high pressure, public utility natural gas transmission line. The loader became engulfed in flames resulting in fatal burns to the operator.

The following precautions are recommended to minimize the potential for accidents when working near underground utility lines:

Diagram of Gas Line

Reissued: 04/30/2002
Tag # AP2002-M032


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